- plumber's helper,
- plumber's snake,
Origin of plumber
adjective Also plum.
adverb Also plum.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of plumb
Examples from the Web for plumber
The NRA and Joe the Plumber view dead Americans as an acceptable loss so that they can have easy access to guns.
Then there was the statement I saw this week from “Joe the Plumber.”
Anyone who has ever tried to get a plumber in Paris at that time of the year will know what I mean.Simon de Pury: Visiting 16 Studios of Los Angeles’s Top Artists|Simon de Pury|August 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When a leak springs in her bathroom and she has to pay a kingly sum to the plumber, she Googles “how to get cash quick.”
The son of a Scottish plumber and raised in North London, Rod Stewart was obsessed with two things: football and R&B.
Suppose a plumber is called into your house on a raw day of January to tinker up a disordered pipe in the cellar.
The great American plumber joke, that many-branched evergreen, was planted at this time.The Magnificent Ambersons|Booth Tarkington
His order was obeyed, but in the morning the plumber failed to appear.Out of the Hurly-Burly|Charles Heber Clark
When I tell about her, I can see her, and her two little girls, and her plumber husband.The Road|Jack London
It was this the plumber heard, and his wife, and the baker and others.The Spell of Belgium|Isabel Anderson
Word Origin for plumber
adjective Also: plum
adverb Also: plum
Word Origin for plumb
late 14c. (from c.1100 as a surname), "a worker in any sort of lead" (roofs, gutters, pipes), from Old French plomier "lead-smelter" (Modern French plombier) and directly from Latin plumbarius "worker in lead," noun use of adjective meaning "pertaining to lead," from plumbum "lead" (see plumb (n.)). Meaning focused 19c. on "workman who installs pipes and fittings" as lead water pipes became the principal concern of the trade. In U.S. Nixon administration (1969-74), the name of a special unit for investigation of "leaks" of government secrets.
"lead hung on a string to show the vertical line," early 14c., from Old French *plombe, plomee "sounding lead," and directly from Late Latin *plumba, originally plural of Latin plumbum "lead (the metal), lead ball; pipe; pencil," a word of unknown origin, related to Greek molybdos "lead" (dialectal bolimos) and perhaps from an extinct Mediterranean language, perhaps Iberian.
early 15c., "to sink" (like lead), from plumb (n.). Meaning "take soundings with a plumb" is first recorded 1560s; figurative sense of "to get to the bottom of" is from 1590s. Related: Plumbed; plumbing.
"perpendicular, vertical," mid-15c., from plumb (n.). The notion of "exact measurement" led to extended sense of "completely, downright" (1748), sometimes spelled plump, plum, or plunk.